activism meets mysticism


“Vision enters into them and courses their veins until it is fully embodied.”


This statement brings to mind Ramana’s statement that in an awakened one (jnani) “some power acts through his body and uses his body to get the work done” One becomes more and more a willing instrument for ‘God’s will’ as some might say.

In his book The Conscious Activist: Where Activism Meets Mysticism, released in December 2014, James O’Dea writes:

“Activists and mystics are pioneers and adventurers. They leave the safer territory of comforting spirituality and charitable service and venture to the edges of personal and social transformation. They have a degree of longing and passion that makes some people uncomfortable. They have an unsettling degree of intensity. They ache for breakthroughs. They destabilize normality. They rock the boat of acceptability. They go off the radar screen of life’s prescribed trajectories only to return bursting with ecstatic insight, fiery conscience and new codes to rouse us from a sleepy moral conformity.”

“Both mystics and activists let their imagination catch fire. Rather than experiencing vision as an abstraction they join with it as active participants. Vision enters into them and courses their veins until it is fully embodied.

They are relentlessly called to step into the cauldron of real-life verification in order to bring airy concepts into flesh and blood reality. The path of enactment can be clumsy, painful and dangerous but there is no other way for those who want to live the reality others conceptualize but hesitate to incarnate.”

James O’Dea – preface from The Conscious Activist: Where Activism Meets Mysticism





2 thoughts on “activism meets mysticism

  1. Yes, the Call is still relentless after all these lifetimes. The cauldron-jumping has slowed down a bit, thank Goodness, but the response is still as fervent. Come to think of it, I think I found you on one of those cauldrons I jumped into. Here’s to Mystic Activism!

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